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(CNN) - Some travel the world in search of historical places, to eat and drink from local cuisine, or to relax on a beautiful beach. Others are motivated by buying stylish products.
Whether you're looking for the most exclusive designer costumes, business opportunities, antique retailers or market stalls, these are some of the best cities in the world to visit and go shopping.
Shopping in Milan is world class and famous; Shopping lovers will delight in the design options. (Credit: Chris Ratcliffe / Bloomberg / Getty Images)
Many of the most famous fashion design houses are Italian: Gucci, Prada and Versace. All these luxury brands have flagship stores in Milan, the legendary fashion capital of Italy. As the Italian center for the fashion industry, the street style in Milan is always glamorous.
One of the most expensive shopping experiences is the world-famous Quadrilatero d'Oro, the golden neighborhood. The area is full of jewelry stores and fashion boutiques and is considered one of the most important fashion districts on the planet. Use your black card and take home the last and best travel bag. The Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery is the oldest active shopping center in Italy and another great place to find fashion items.
Italy is also known for its high quality leather and cashmere items. Buy directly from local suppliers in Milan to get the best price on luxury items that would cost a small fortune at home. Zani Del Fra 'makes custom fine leather bags in a variety of lush colors.
But it's not all about high-level purchases, which break the bank accounts. Bargain hunters love Milan for its variety of second-hand stores that sell to the outcasts of the elites at a fraction of the original price. The shelves for sale in Il Salvagente, which means the lifeguard, always have treasures waiting to be found. The oldest establishment in Milan has three floors of discounted products, conveniently organized by size and color.
The world famous Dubai Mall is the second largest shopping center in the world with more than 1,000 retailers. (Credit: AFP / Getty Images / file)
Dubai is on the map as one of the main shopping destinations in the world. The amount of exclusive stores in Dubai is amazing: there are more than 100 shopping centers in the city. The destination has become synonymous with shopping and has earned the city the nickname "Do Buy."
Emerging local brands such as Bouguessa, Mochi and Amato have established stores in the Dubai Design District, hoping to attract locals and tourists.
In the traditional markets or bazaars of the city, you can find spices, carpets, scarves and more.
And, of course, you can't talk about Dubai without talking about the world famous Dubai Mall, a wish list destination for many buyers. The world's second largest mall in total square meters, with more than 1,000 retailers, you will need a map to navigate it. Stay tuned for dinosaurs, waterfalls, dancing fountains, Olympic-sized ice rink, aquarium, indoor souk and numerous shopping centers within the mall, such as the French Lafayette galleries and the first Bloomingdale's outside the United States.
The best part? Everything you buy at the Dubai Mall will be delivered to your hotel. If you like to continue using the credit card, then you will want to go to the Mall of the Emirates, which has the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East.
Parisian department stores are the main shopping destinations for your next splurge. (Credit: Shutterstock)
Paris can make you want to get rid of all your wardrobe and start over with outfits that embody the irresistible mystique of the French girl. Fashionistas would do well to start with Parisian department stores, the main shopping destinations for the next splurge.
The historic Le Bon Marché dates from the 1850s and is considered one of the first modern department stores. Another impressive is Printemps Haussmann, which houses the largest beauty department in the world. It is a great excuse to buy a new lipstick.
Foreign tourists seem especially attracted to the seven-story Lafayette Galleries.
For a modern Parisian shopping experience, explore the products at Merci. The beloved concept store has a museum atmosphere with a fantastic curated collection of coveted design products, a second-hand bookstore, a florist and a coffee shop.
Of course, gastronomic shoppers in Paris will always be attracted to the high-end boutiques on the Champs Elysees. If money is not a problem, you can even visit a private workshop and do something custom.
Budget-conscious travelers should visit the legendary flea markets of the French city, where you can find designer products at bargain prices. While you can haggle with sellers, it is not recommended.
Local boutiques in Seoul sell the latest trends: the products are cheap and elegant, but don't expect ethical or quality manufacturing. (Credit: Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images)
Seoul occupies a prominent place in the list of shopping-motivated trips for fans of beauty and modern and affordable clothing styles.
It is easier than ever to buy in the city, and you don't have to worry about having cash on hand, as the Bank of Korea aims to not need cash by 2020.
Luxury shoppers will find all their favorite high-end brands and department stores in the city and even at Incheon Airport, where the first duty-free Louis Vuitton airport store is located. Local boutiques sell the latest trends: the products are cheap and elegant, but don't expect quality manufacturing. This is fast fashion at its best.
Go to the Doota Mall for shopping at night and to the Myeongdong District for K-beauty. Stroll through the popular flea market in Seoul and the Nam Dae Mun market to look for traditional crafts and souvenirs.
Harrods, the largest department store in Europe, is iconic, and a visit here is a must for anyone passing through London. (Credit: Shutterstock)
London is synonymous with world-class purchases, but depending on the exchange rate, it is known that London prices cause a great commotion. Almost all international brands are in the city, from reputable retailers and contemporary brands to fast fashion chains. Oxford Street is the busiest shopping street in Europe. Bargain seekers will rejoice with offers at designer consignment shops, finding good prices to take home.
Liberty is a mall dedicated to all kinds of things covered with delicate flowers.
The shopping destination has a picturesque Tudor-style exterior and is equipped with contemporary clothing, interior design stationery, unique kitchen accessories and more. Other iconic department stores include Harrods and Selfridges. It is a rite of initiation for men to obtain a tailored suit from Savile Row.
Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Mayfair neighborhoods offer high-end retailers. London is known for its specialized product markets: buy the latest fashion trends at Dover Street Market, antiques on Portobello Road and a variety of fashion items and international trinkets at Camden Market.
Singapore has the best shopping experience, as it is full of elegant shopping malls full of shops with modern clothes with tasteful Asian touches and traditional night markets. (Credit: Singapore Tourism Board)
The shopping scene in Singapore is a combination of high-end retailers, affordable local and international fast fashion brands and a stable calendar of holiday sales throughout the year. The big city has the best shopping experience: it is full of elegant shopping centers, shopping centers full of shops with modern outfits with tasteful Asian touches and traditional night markets that sell everything from cheap clothes to Peranakan style ceramics.
The Singapore shopping scene includes heritage brands with traditional Asian tailoring and flourishing local emerging designers. Head to Orchard Road to visit the main international stores of some of the world's largest luxury brands, including Hermès, Cartier, Omega and TANGS, one of Singapore's oldest department stores.
For a unique shopping experience, visit the 24-hour outdoor markets of Little India, where they sell from spices to gold jewelry.
It is also unique to buy in vintage stores (garbage of a man, treasure of another man), located in the modern neighborhood of Tiong Bahru. Find vintage records, home furnishings, dresses and more.
Don't worry if you end up spending most of your time in the delicious city eating in the street markets: there are always duty-free shops at Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport. If you are looking for an agreement when you leave the country, you will not want to miss this shopping mecca, home of global brands, souvenirs and the largest indoor waterfall in the world.
Hudson Yards is a seven-story commercial space with more than 100 high-end stores around the world, along with the first Neiman Marcus department stores in New York. (Credit: Clint Spaulding / Getty Images)
Serious shoppers know that New York is one of the most important shopping mecca in the world. While New Yorkers may be known for their completely black outfit, the city's stores have endless interpretations of fashion products. There is something for every type of buyer in the Big Apple at pop-up stores online retailers, famous department stores, designer boutiques and luxury bargains at Century 21 and Empire Outlets to replenish the closet.
If you are looking for unique products from past times, head to a vintage shopping banquet at the Rare Vintage showroom or the Brooklyn flea market. For more affordable design products, discover which brands are having sample sales during your shopping trip to New York.
Hudson Yards is a seven-story commercial space with more than 100 high-end stores around the world and the first Neiman Marcus department stores in New York.
For an opulent shopping experience, Madison Avenue is a premier luxury fashion district with flagship stores of European and American designers. The Shops at Columbus Circle is a retail destination with a wide variety of suppliers ranging from high-end to mainstream.